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White House Down (2013)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, Thriller | 28 June 2013 (USA)
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While on a tour of the White House with his young daughter, a Capitol policeman springs into action to save his child and protect the president from a heavily armed group of paramilitary invaders.

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Roland Emmerich
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Channing Tatum ... Cale
Jamie Foxx ... President Sawyer
Maggie Gyllenhaal ... Finnerty
Jason Clarke ... Stenz
Richard Jenkins ... Raphelson
Joey King ... Emily
James Woods ... Walker
Nicolas Wright ... Donnie the Guide
Jimmi Simpson ... Tyler
Michael Murphy ... Vice President Hammond
Rachelle Lefevre ... Melanie
Lance Reddick ... General Caulfield
Matt Craven ... Agent Kellerman
Jake Weber ... Agent Hope
Peter Jacobson ... Wallace
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Storyline

Capitol Policeman John Cale has just been denied his dream job with the Secret Service of protecting President James Sawyer. Not wanting to let down his little girl with the news, he takes her on a tour of the White House, when the complex is overtaken by a heavily armed paramilitary group. Now, with the nation's government falling into chaos and time running out, it's up to Cale to save the president, his daughter, and the country. Written by ahmetkozan

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Taglines:

It Will Start Like Any Other Day.

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Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for prolonged sequences of action and violence including intense gunfire and explosions, some language and a brief sexual image. | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 June 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El ataque See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,852,258, 30 June 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$73,103,784

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$205,366,737
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The ring-tone that was heard repetitively in the film on Richard Jenkins' mobile cell phone was "Spanish Flea" as performed by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass, and featured previously in the James Bond spoof movie Casino Royale (1967), also from the Columbia Pictures studio. It also is the theme of a popular TV game show called the dating game. See more »

Goofs

The Black Hawk helicopters transporting Special Forces operators to the White House are MH-60 Direct Action Penetrator variants flown by the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. However, these helicopters are equipped to be gunships, and would not be carrying troops into action.

The Black Hawks in the film also have AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles fitted to them; these would not be seen on these helicopters in real life, and the helicopters also appear to have an Air Force Strategic Air Command emblem at the front, and a white star at the rear of the fuselage. These are incorrect, and in the case of the star, fictional markings that would not be seen on 160th SOAR helicopters. See more »

Quotes

Cale: I thought you would want this.
Emily: These are White House passes.
Cale: Your dad here has a job interview with the Secret Service.
Emily: That's really cool, John.
Cale: You're just gonna stick with John?
Emily: Yeah.
Cale: Okay.
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For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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a convoluted mess that's joyless and flat out dumb
26 June 2013 | by wingnut9See all my reviews

White House Down offers very little that's new or interesting. It's a convoluted mess that's caught in no man's land. It takes itself far too seriously yet offers ridiculous action (ridiculous as in dumb, not as in wild or fun) and even more ridiculous characters. It wants to be taken seriously but functions in bizarre surroundings with a foolish plot. A calamity of underdeveloped ideas, half the film is flat out brain damaged and the other half is pure schlock. Do yourself a favor and avoid this dumb and actually boring farce.

This movie simply can't stand on its own as a film. Does often joyless, dark and dumb appeal to even the popcorn crowds? The rest of us want way more in our summer movies.


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